Many of you have probably seen this new lender practice but it is relatively new in our market area.
Mortgage lenders are now offering to pay the mortgage insurance for a buyer for the life of the loan. The only condition is that the interest charged on the loan is higher.
Let's say your borrower borrows $150,000. On a regular mortgage your borrower is charged 6% interest. However, with mortgage insurance paid by the lender the lender raises the rate to 6½%. Do the math on a 30 year loan and you will see the extra ½% rate costs your borrower an extra $17,559.45 over the 30 years.
Lets say the mortgage insurance would have cost your borrower say $45/month added to his/her monthly payment. As we all know, after a borrower has established 20% equity through appreciate and paying down of the principal balance they can request a re-evaluation, pay for an appraisal, and opt out of paying mortgage insurance.
If the spread in rates is not large it is not a big issue in my book. However, look out for your buyer and if the spread between rates is too large then your borrower would be much better off paying his/her own mortgage insurance and opting out of paying the mortgage insurance a few years down the road.
Your borrowers will be happy you are looking out for them.
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